Friday, August 10, 2012

Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X Dialog Boxes with Command+Shift+Period


You can instantly show hidden files and directories in the Mac OS X “Open” and “Save” dialog boxes by hitting Command+Shift+Period.

This is really useful if you’re creating or editing configuration files like .htaccess or .bash_profile in a GUI app and want to see what files exist in the directory you are saving to.
Remember, any files that start with a period are hidden by default in the Finder and the Mac dialog boxes. If you want to, you can set Mac OS X to always show hidden files by using a defaults write command. In this case, the Command+Shift+Period keystroke has the opposite effect and hides the files rather than showing them.

Update: This works in Mac OS X 10.6 and later only, and it looks like we covered this in regards to the Save dialog last year.


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